New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Domestic Violence Legal Help

Domestic Violence Legal Help

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project represents victims in emergency protective order hearings and in divorce and parenting (custody) cases. The issues typically addressed in these cases are the following: restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights and responsibilities (child custody and visitation), paternity, child support, alimony and property division.

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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

Benefits Project advocates help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency as possible. Advocates help the disabled obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.

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Housing Legal Services

Housing Legal Services

NHLA focuses its efforts on a variety of housing issues with its Housing Justice Project.

Housing Justice Project (HJP) attorneys and paralegals promote equal access to housing for NHLA clients by working on preserving their housing. The HJP helps individuals and families who are either currently without shelter or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The HJP also investigates complaints of discrimination and assists people who are victims of housing discrimination.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

NHLA responds to the emerging needs of clients with new projects and efforts, often in collaboration with other organizations in the state.  Some of these include programs concerning Childrens Dental Health, as well as the Youth Law Project, which works with children and teenagers who are facing delinquency or CHINS petitions.

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Legal Services for Older Adults

Legal Services for Older Adults

The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems including consumer protection/debt collection, health care, public and private housing, family problems, food stamps, public assistance benefits, utility shut-off, and nursing facility and assisted living/residential care facilities problems.


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Our Mission

NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.

We offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs. These services range from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and thorough representation in all of New Hampshire's courts and before many of the local, state and federal agencies which play large roles in their lives. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps ensure the legal system provides the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve. 

NHLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in the delivery of services.

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Latest News

Federal Court Vacates New Hampshire Medicaid Work Requirements

Posted Jul 30, 2019

Statement on the United States District Court's decision in Philbrick v. Azar

Please see the below press release from our litigation partners at the National Health Law Program: July 29, 2019. Washington, D.C. – A federal judge has once again vacated the U.S. Department ...read more

Governor Vetoes Elder Protection Bill

Posted Jul 23, 2019

Elder, disability and justice advocates dismayed by Governor Sununu’s veto of HB 696 – Will continue to fight for protections of vulnerable adults

July 23, 2019 For Immediate Release: CONCORD, NH – On July 19, 2019, Governor Sununu vetoed HB 696, common sense legislation to ...read more

Appellate Success in Landlord-Tenant Dispute

Posted Jul 19, 2019

NHLA Housing Advocates file a brief with the New Hampshire Supreme Court and help guarantee protections for tenants across the state

                  The NH Supreme Court recently resolved a landlord-te ...read more

NHLA receives $560,000 IOLTA grant

Posted May 13, 2019

From New Hampshire attorneys to New Hampshire banks and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, IOLTA funds support NHLA’s work for low-income and elderly residents
            New Hampshire Legal Assistance was recently awarded $560 ...read more

NHLA clients testify on state budget proposal

Posted May 08, 2019

Dozens of former New Hampshire Legal Assistance clients spoke out this year about the importance of funding for our legal aid programs. One, Forest, a single mom in Portsmouth, spoke to the NH Senate Finance Committee yesterday. Here's what she told them: Good afternoon. I am a resident of Portsm ...read more

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Testimonial

Our paralegal went above and beyond...

Our paralegal went above and beyond...

Our paralegal went above and beyond. She treated us with respect, was always available, made sure we understood everything and answered any questions we had. It felt good in such a hard situation to have such a capable team on our side that was understanding and helpful.